In celebration of the second chapter of On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, join artists Glenda León and Flavio Garciandía for a discussion about their work and its relation to history and abstraction. León's works, The Book of Faith and Cada sonido es una forma de tiempo (Each Sound Is a Form of Time), and Garciandía's work, ALGO PASA EN MIS FRIJOLES NEGROS (o Ad Reinhardt en La Habana) No. 27 (SOMETHING HAPPENS IN MY BLACK BEANS [or Ad Reinhardt in Havana]), can be seen in On the Horizon.
Glenda León is a Cuban artist born in Havana in 1976. León's work is in the permanent collections of the Georges Pompidou Centre, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. León began her visual art studies at age 12 and has been working professionally since the year 1999. She has also studied classical ballet and philology at the University of Havana, where she earned a BA in Art History. León graduated from the Academy of New Media, Cologne, Germany in 2007. She was part of the Cuban Pavilion in the 55th Venice Biennial with the sound installation Music of the Spheres (2013). León has also participated in the Havana Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, the SITE Santa Fe Museum, and the II Jafre's Biennial, Girona, Spain. Recognition for her work includes prizes such as The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and residencies like Couvent des Recollets in Paris and Fonderie Darling in Montreal.
Flavio Garciandía graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in 1973, and completed his training at the ISA in 1981, going on to teach in the 1980s. As a leading member of the avand-garde, he has participated in many national and international group exhibitions, including the ground-breaking Volumen Uno Part One (1981), and the Venice and Havana Biennials (1986). He has received several international stipends, including from the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1983) and the Guggenheim Foundation in New York (1993). Garciandía has had over twenty solo exhibitions, including Una Visita al Museo de Arte Tropical (1985) and Auge o Decadencia del Arte Cubano (2006) at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Many of his Works feature in this last collection, as well as in the collection of the Ludwing Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, the Albright Art Galleryand in various private collections all over the world.